Dublin Bridge
Dublin, Ireland

Global Entrepreneurship

Summer '25 Applications Open

Business

Dates

-

3 weeks

Costs

$6,250

Application Deadline

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Dates

-

3 weeks

Costs

$6,250

Application Deadline

Enroll Now

Request Information

Program Overview

Get a crash course in business with Dublin’s most renowned startup players. 

Home to Big Tech’s European headquarters, Dublin is one of the leading tech cities in the world. Through interactive classes with entrepreneurs, discover the secrets to success in today’s international, interconnected markets. Team up with other Global Navigators to pitch a new business venture to a panel of experts! 

With Dublin’s tech scene as backdrop, shape your business mindset and investigate how to assess new opportunities and risks. Acquire practical business skills like budgeting, pricing, promotion, and selling while touring some of Dublin’s most creative startups and family-owned businesses. Learn how business ideas become reality and how resilience and resourcefulness pay off. 

Roam Dublin’s colorful corners and cobblestone streets, too. Discover exciting street artists and meet local teens. Visit medieval sites like the Christchurch Cathedral and play the ancient Gaelic game of hurling. On excursions, travel to the Irish fishing village of Howth and to a rural island, getting to know the incredible landscapes of this Celtic country and sparking your entrepreneurial thinking along the way.

The Take-Aways

Real-World Experience

Sharpen your business savvy and experience the entrepreneurship process. Come home ready to take the next steps on your entrepreneurial journey.

Credentials for Your Future

Topics for your college essays, experience to inform your future career, and a Business Proposal showing off your entrepreneurial ideas.

Lifelong Skills and Friendships

Return with greater self-confidence, independence, and improved communication and leadership skills. Enjoy a broader worldview and diverse friendships from across the U.S.

45

Hours of Expert Instruction

3

Weeks Pursuing Your Passion

1

Life-Changing Experience

The Destination
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  • Dublin

The Destination

Welcome to Dublin, a stunning medieval city with a diverse cultural scene. 

Located on Dublin Bay in the Irish Sea, Dublin is Ireland’s capital city and economic hub. Dublin gets its name from the Gaelic dubh linn (black pool), referencing the dark-colored water of River Liffey running through the city. Since its days as a Viking settlement, more than a thousand years ago, this port city has attracted businesses and industries. In Silicon Docks, a short stroll from the city center, you can find the European outposts for Apple, Google, and Microsoft along with many others tech giants. 

Lush green spaces, mountains, and plains give Dublin its beautiful natural scenery. Stone castles and buildings signal a rich, medieval past. Dublin Castle, originally built in 1204, sits atop Viking Age remains, and Trinity College, founded in 1592, is Ireland’s oldest university and home to the Book of Kells, written around the year 800. In addition to its rich history, Dublin boasts a modern and diverse cultural scene for art, music, literature, and food. Don’t leave without trying traditional Irish soda bread, rich Guinness stew, and colcannon (Irish mashed potatoes)!

Cultural Awareness 

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Dublin.

Daily Life

Daily Life

Monday–Friday 

Each day offers a balance between interactive instruction and cultural activities with time on your own, too. Morning classes and afternoon activities may swap places. 

  • Breakfast at the dorm or out in the community 
  • Experiential learning with expert instructors and entrepreneurs 
  • Lunch with your fellow Global Navigators 
  • Out and about for a cultural activity or workshop 
  • Dinner at the dorm or out in the community 

Weekends

  • Overnight or day excursions to top sites 
  • Quality time with friends 

Check out the blog posts to discover more about daily life and excursions on program.

Housing

Dorms, shared rooms with other Global Navigators

24/7 Support

1 Program Leader for every 12 students and support from local staff

Weekly Learning Goals

Settle into Dublin. Explore the processes and traits of successful entrepreneurs. Start collaborating with a group to develop concepts for a Business Proposal. 

Interview entrepreneurs to help define a target market for your new business. Build a customer profile, consider your competitive advantage, and test your ideas.  

Through case studies and simulations, consider marketing strategies for your target customers, define your costs, and set your price. Develop an exciting pitch and present your Business Proposal to a panel of judges.

Program Blogs

From CIEE

Welcome to Dublin!

By Katherine Lawson at CIEE

We made it! We arrived in Dublin on Sunday morning after what felt like the shortest night ever. About half of our group met up at Newark Liberty International Airport... keep reading

From CIEE

The Charm and Fun of a small town called Carlingford

By Ruby Herrera at CIEE

Overnight weekend in Carlingford, Ireland

From CIEE

Oh, how sweet it is!

By Ruby Herrera at CIEE

Students went to Rolling Donuts and Howth Cliffs

Activities

Sample Activities

Dublin

Just imagine all the fun you’ll have!

  • Hop on an amphibious water vehicle and cross the city by land and water along the Grand Canal Basin. See the old Boland’s Mill, one of the battlegrounds of the 1916 Easter Rising. 
  • Sing Irish ballads as you tour the historic center of Dublin with a professional balladeer. Meet with a member of Dublin Town, the Business Improvement District initiative. 
  • Get your hands on the winning cups of the Gaelic Games at Croke Park, the headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and Ireland's premier concert and events venue. 
  • Escape the city to a rural island. Dig your toes in the sand and discover Irish-language dialects outside Dublin. 
  • Head to the seafront fishing village of Howth where freshly caught fish and chips are the specialty! Explore Howth castle and its scenic walking trail. 

Please note activities are based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when arranging activities is always to enhance your experience.

What Students Are Saying

  • “I loved meeting and forming friendships with other Global Navigators. It was fun to experience Dublin together and have our own adventures in the city.” 

    Meredeth G., CIEE Global Navigator Alum

  • "It was honestly the experience of a lifetime! I had a blast and the entire 3 weeks was just amazing. I loved hiking the cliffs of Howth and swimming in the Irish sea.” 

    Delaney W., CIEE Global Navigator Alum

  • “Our teacher was really great! I enjoyed creating our own startup and not just sitting in lectures. I’ll always remember going to the upper lakes and Kilkenny. The landscape was just stunning.”

    Ella A., CIEE Global Navigator Alum

  • “The experience was amazing and the friends I made are unforgettable. The activities we did gave us a taste of Ireland. We toured places that not even locals know.” 

    Allyson N., CIEE Global Navigator Alum

Eligibility

Eligibility

  • Participants must be 14 years old and above.
  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our scholarship page.

For more information, refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

Application Fee

$25

Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. Find additional details about what’s included with your tuition.

More questions? Find answers, get application support, sign up for virtual presentations or contact us!

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Costs

Program Summer Session I 2025 3 weeks Start Date End Date Costs $6,250
Program Summer Session II 2025 3 weeks Start Date End Date Costs $6,250

What’s Included

Interactive Classes

Housing

3 Meals/Day

(Dietary Needs Accommodated)

All Ground Transportation

(Once In-country)

Optional Flight Chaperone

(Flight Cost Not Included)

Pre-departure Advice and Orientation

Access to Local Phone and WIFI

All Cultural Activities and Excursions

Comprehensive Medical and Travel Protection

24/7 Emergency On-site Support

Our Staff

Our Staff

Enda O’Connell

Center Director

Enda is responsible for overall management of CIEE Dublin. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Primary Education Teaching from Dublin City University and the equivalent of a Master’s degree in...

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